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b. 1945, works and lives in Tiantai, Zhejiang Province

Charred copper, silk, cocoon
800(H)*200(W)cm 44 pieces

Every time when silkworms spin (the process usually lasts 3 to 6 days), Liang Shaoji has to be at their side and can only sleep for 3 hours everyday. Once again, he was lying on the ground to observe and conduct his practice as if he was a silkworm. But he was too tired and fell asleep. A silkworm fell between his neck and shirt collar. He did not find out that this little thing had already left a circular trace on him until he woke up an hour later. He then started to make his Beds.

It was once full of anxiety and worries in China in the 1990s. Portraying what he saw and felt in those years, Liang modeled these beds with the copper wire taken from burned engines and let silkworms live and spin on them. Those silkworms spent all their life on the beds, which is just like human beings, most of whom come to and leave this world on the beds, and spend at least 1/3 of their time on the bed for sleeping.

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Related Exhibitions:
Liang Shaoji: A Silky Entanglement Power Station of Art, Shanghai 09.28, 2021 -02.20, 2022
All About the Bed ShanghART Main Space, Shanghai 04.10, 2010 -06.20, 2010
Winter Group Show ShanghART Beijing, Beijing 01.09, 2010 -02.21, 2010
Liang Shaoji Prince Claus Fund, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 12.12, 2009 -03.07, 2010
Metamorphosis ShanghART 796 Huaihai Road, Shanghai 06.29, 2009 -07.30, 2009
Selected ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai 01.03, 2008 -02.20, 2008
48th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale Venice, Italy Jun,1999 -Nov,1999
Jiangnan: Modern and Contemporary Art from South of the Yangzi River Emily Carr Institute and Design, Vancouver, Canada 1998
95' Art Critics' Nomination Show of Sculpture and Installation Nanjing 1995


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